Police and Amnesty International have different perceptions

Papua Police Chief Boy Rafli Amar. – Jubi / Arjuna

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Police Chief, the Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar said the police and the Amnesty International (AI) have different perceptions over the report that said the police and military committed extrajudicial killing of 95 indigenous Papuans over the past eight years.

“Their mission is different from ours. The Police are not killing people but doing their duty. The world ‘kill” must be related to its context,” said Amar on Wednesday (4/7/2018).

Further, he said the Police also lost many of their officers who were shot and died during their duties. If officers on duty raise their guns in the scene then arise causalities, it should not consider as killing people. “The Police have a standard operating procedure in using the firearms. So it’s surely seen objectively. It is not the police come to take the lives of the people, not like that,” he said.

The Police, continued the chief, have never protected officers who found guilty. For instance, if they involved in a criminal case, they would be prosecuted according to the law. “What the Amnesty International said is tendentious, because both of us have different understanding and vision over this situation,” he said. (*)


Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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